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Nov
19
Sterling Bullet

What was the Sterling Bullet, and why do so many truck enthusiasts claim to own one? Read on…

Between 2007 and 2009, commercial-truck manufacturer Sterling sold a rebadged Dodge Ram chassis cab as the Bullet.

That, in a nutshell, answers the question: What was the Sterling Bullet? But the story gets so much more interesting from there…

Nov
12
Rand Road Dealership, Used Car Dealer Gallery

Once home to sleazy bars and adult-entertainment venues, Rand Road outside of Palatine, Illinois, is now populated by a dozen or so small used-car dealerships.

The village of Palatine, Illinois, isn’t much worth knowing about unless you live there. A relatively contemporary Chicago suburb today, the community dates back more than 150 years, though it was best known for most of its first century as a lightly used rail stop utilized mostly by local farmers.

Nov
05
Classic Mercury Ads

1976 Mercury Capri II S

Ford Motor Company’s Mercury division was taken from us in 2011. The brand’s demise came during a flurry of marque terminations, and was bracketed by the shutdown of Pontiac (2010) and the final model year of Saab (2012).

Though hard to pinpoint exactly, Mercury’s market position probably hewed most closely to GM’s Oldsmobile division, though both brands drifted at different times between being slightly sporty to being more luxury focused.

Nov
01
Gray Crossovers

They’re almost exactly the same color, but each shade of gray has a unique name. Check them out.

The older and crankier among us have long lamented that all new cars look alike. If we’re entirely honest about it, we must concede that our grouchy acquaintances aren’t completely wrong. Certain safety and aerodynamic considerations have, to some extent, tied the hands of vehicle designers, giving them a little less leeway when it comes to shaping a modern car or truck.

Oct
30
Vehicles With Worst Resale Value

Purchasing a luxury or electric vehicle new may not always be the best financial decision.

When considering the cost of a new vehicle, most consumers take into account the initial purchase price of the car or truck, and maybe the cost of fuel, insurance, and maintenance.

Oct
24
2019 Jeep Wrangler, Vehicles With Best Resale Value

2019 Jeep Wrangler

When considering the cost of a new vehicle, most consumers take into account the purchase price of the car or truck, and maybe the cost of fuel, insurance, and maintenance.

Oct
17
1999 Packard Twelve Concept

1999 Packard Twelve Concept

If you’re roughly my age—let’s say five decades into this whole life process—you’ve seen a fair number of automobile brands fade into the sunset.

I was probably most impacted by the demise of Pontiac, but I remember feeling a twinge of sadness at the deaths of AMC, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and—no kidding—Checker.

Oct
15
Last AWD Sedans

2019 Nissan Altima

There’s a certain cachet to sedans with all-wheel drive. Though largely shunned by folks in states in which snow is not a real threat to commuting ease, AWD vehicles in general have caught on with the buying public, accounting for as much as 80 percent of the sales of certain crossover-SUV models in cities such as Chicago and New York.

Oct
11
Cars in Liquor Ads, Donald Healey

Auto designer Donald Healey as seen in a Lord Calvert Canadian whiskey ad.

If you’re my age (around the half-century mark), you’ve been programmed since high school to fully appreciate the dangers and potentially disastrous consequences of drinking and driving. And, indeed, since I began college in 1983, the legal penalties for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol have become significantly harsher.

Oct
08
1979 New Yorker Limo

1979 Phaeton New Yorker Presidental Limousine

On any given weekday, I receive at least half a dozen story pitches, all of which arrive via email, and most of which include links to digital press kits.

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